YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Actions taken at Tuesday’s Town Board continued to make technological upgrades and environmental enhancements at the forefront on the 2020 agenda. A unanimous vote paved the way for the Town’s website to receive its first update since 2013 and a second vote moved needed pesticide treatments for Mohegan Lake closer to reality.
Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater cheered the resolutions saying, “It is well past time to update our website which is the first introduction for potential residents and businesses to our Town. This will make information more accessible and easier for homeowners and businesses to do business with our Town. Upgrading the town’s technology for residents and businesses has been an important priority for my administration. This is the first step in that process with more to come.”
The Town plans to spend $5,000 to update the website. This is the same amount it spent on the last face lift in 2013.
The Town Board also approved a resolution to move forward with the proposal process for Mohegan Lake Pesticide Treatments. This is a direct result of a grant awarded to Yorktown from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for stormwater infrastructure in December of 2019. The Mohegan Lake Improvement District partnered with the Town of Yorktown to put the application forward.
Yorktown Councilman Tom Diana said, “These are important initiatives that we are moving forward that will have a positive impact on our community. Technological and environmental improvements continue to be a main focus for us.”
Yorktown Councilman Ed Lachterman stated, “Everyone knows to compete in a digital world requires a modern website. Everyone in our Town should be very excited about the work the Town Board continues to move forward in such a short period of time.”
Students from Lakeland and Yorktown High Schools also presented on impact water, sewer and land use has on Yorktown’s local environment. In addition, a student from Fox Lane High School unveiled artwork that is being displayed in the Community Room of the Jefferson Valley Mall which raised money for Yorktown Alliance for Safe Kids.
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – Yorktown Supervisor Elect Matt Slater took advantage of Operation Toy Drop to teach his four year old son Charlie the importance of helping those in need. Operation Toy Drop, which is organized and hosted by the J.I.M.M.Y. Foundation, collects and delivers toys to kids at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The Yorktown Heights Firehouse on Commerce Street was one of the collection points.
“The Holiday Season is just as much about giving as receiving,” Slater said. “Operation Toy Drop is a great program that helps bring some holiday joy to children who are very sick. I thank the Yorktown Heights Fire District and the J.I.M.M.Y. Foundation for giving our community the opportunity of helping some very special kids.”
This marks the sixth year the J.I.M.M.Y. Foundation has led the effort to collect toys which are then brought by helicopter by Santa Clause to kids at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. This year Santa is scheduled to arrive on December 13th. The last day to drop off toys at the Yorktown Fire Department is Monday, December 9th from 6:30PM to 9:00PM.
The Just Imagine Making Miracles Yours organization was started in 2006 in memory of James “Jimmyboy” Arena by his parents, Jim and Gina Arena of Somers. Jimmyboy was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of four and succumbed to brain cancer at the age of six. The organization helps families by taking monetary donations and assists by paying various bills for families struggling with a child facing a life threatening illness and/or injuries within Westchester and Putnam Counties.
“This event brings joy to children who are being treated in the hospital during the holidays,” said Gina Arena. “Part of why we continue this every year is because we know how it feels to be in this situation, and in Jimmy’s memory my husband, my children and I can do something magical that can lighten the moment and bring love and joy to these children and their families. This journey is a tough enough “club” to be in and with the help of the community that took care of our family, we can bring the true meaning of this time of year to the less fortunate children. We live in an awesome community, and I know Jimmy is with us all the way. Share the magic, be the love and believe.”
Collection points included the Cross County Locksmith in Somers, Heritage Fuel & Propane in Croton Falls, the Katonah Fire Department, Bedford Village Fire Department, Bedford Hills Fire Department and the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department.
“It is great to see the community get behind such a great cause,” Yorktown Fire Commissioner Martin McGannon said. “The toys go a long way for the kids.”
Fios1’s Ali Rosen reports that for the 2,000 veterans in Yorktown, its nice to get recognized, but it would be even nicer if the town offered more veteran-related services. Town Supervisor candidate Matt Slater and his running mates want to put a plan in place to do so within their first 30 days in office to make sure local veterans aren’t forced to leave town for basic services.
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